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10 years later: The Gulf War

Unlike any conflict before, the Gulf War of 1991 played out in a brave new world of biological warfare. A round-the-clock television audience was captivated by the flying missiles that lit up the night sky. Canadian troops, sent abroad for combat for the first time since the Korean War joined the Allied forces to fight Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. On the surface, the occupation ended swiftly and decisively as the Iraqi forces retreated. But as was evident over the next decade, the problems remained unresolved.

Did the allied coalition forces go far enough? Should they have been involved at all? And what have the post-war economic sanctions against Iraq really accomplished? CBC's Brian Stewart examines these questions in this war review documentary. Another war with Iraq looms. Iraqi citizens suffer without medicine, co-operation over Iraqi disarmament is debatable and global stability is at risk. The Gulf War crisis is anything but resolved -- should the coalition forces have gone one step further and continued on to Baghdad to Saddam? Or did the American intervention in the Middle East cause even greater problems?
• "We've got to classify sanctions as a form of warfare, given that they're producing 5,000 to 6,000 Iraqi deaths a month." — Former United Nations head of humanitarian relief Dennis Halliday

• In April 1995, the United Nations passed a resolution to institute the oil-for-food program as "a temporary measure to provide for the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people." Under this program Iraq can sell oil for food and drugs, and revenues are funnelled into a UN account.
• In 2003, the threat of war continued to linger as Saddam's arsenal of weapons was rumoured to be growing and the United States and Great Britain pushed for further disarmament.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Jan. 16, 2001
Guest(s): Anthony Cordesman, Paul Heinbecker, Atif Kuboursi, Judith Miller, Joe Stork
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Brian Stewart
Duration: 17:39

Last updated: February 3, 2012

Page consulted on December 4, 2012

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